10,000 B.C. Review, by Michael Phillips of Chicago Tribune

Omar Sharif narrates, as if relaying a tale older and more revered than last year's cheese of choice, "300," by roughly 9,600 years. The time: 10,000 B.C., in a realm of momentous ecological change and enormous flightless prehistoric dinosaur birds out for blood, to say nothing of the science-fictionally scaled saber-toothed tigers, or the mammoths on which the Yagahl tribe subsists.

Steven Strait portrays the hunter-warrior-pin-up boy D'Leh. Early on the tribe's mystic, known as Old Mother, combines prophecy with a little matchmaking and deems D'Leh as the one who must carry the White Spear and protect the tribe from extinction, while fulfilling his destiny with the Blue-Eyed One (Camilla Belle, lower left, eyebrows apparently tweezed at some pricey 10,000 B.C. day spa).

This is a schlock epic, or "schlopic," that really gets around. Warmongering slave-raiders capture the Blue-Eyed One. D'Leh becomes a summer-intern Spartacus and convinces various other tribes to join his cause (the film could've been called "Quest for Ingenue") while coping with gargantuan prehistoric birds in the Lost Valley and Spear-Toothed kitties out on the plains. Eventually D'Leh crosses the Desert of Limitless Sand and reaches a slave-fueled pyramid construction site, enough to bring tears to the eyes of both Donald Trump and Steve Wynn.

The whole saga plays like a five-DVD shuffle of "Apocalypto," "Ice Age," "Quest for Fire" and any two previous Roland Emmerich schlopics you can name. Director Emmerich gave the world "Stargate," "Independence Day," "The Patriot" and "The Day After Tomorrow," that last one being a five-DVD shuffle of "Earthquake," "The Towering Inferno," "Ice Age," "An Inconvenient Truth" and, for all I know, "Carnival in Flanders."

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